Are you getting SAD?
Whether you relate more to Elf or the Grinch, at least Christmas is a break from what can be a hard time for people.
What is it?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition that often develops in winter due to less daylight. Natural light affects things like our sleeping patterns and hormone production. Less light can result in hormones being released at the wrong time, or not at all.
For instance, Serotonin (the happy hormone) often decreases when we get less sunlight. This can trigger depression.
What can help?
Actively minding yourself can play a big part staving off things like SAD.
Getting outside and into the daylight has loads of benefits. Fresh air, movement, and not least – vitamin D. Our bodies produce vitamin D when we’re in natural light, so even getting outside for a short while can make a big difference.
Don’t be a stranger
The temptation to hibernate can be really strong. But, it’s always worth making the effort to see friends and family, even if we really don’t feel like it.
It’s always good to talk
You can talk with your GP also, especially if you think you may have something like SAD.